Individual Action FAQs
I think I need to speak to a lawyer. What should I do?
Call or e-mail and briefly explain your situation. A law clerk, paralegal or attorney will talk with you and ask detailed questions. If we need to return your call, you will receive a call before the end of the next business day.
After talking with you, if we believe you may have a potential claim, we will schedule a virtual or in-person consultation at a convenient time for you. Our offices are located in downtown Pittsburgh on Fourth Avenue, across Grant Street from the City-County Building.
What should I bring (or have ready) for my consultation?
Any documents or records (examples: letters, notes, insurance policies, disability plan summaries, school handbook, etc.) that you believe are important to your situation. It also helps if you bring a brief, written outline or timeline of the events involved in the situation that caused you to look for legal help.
How much will this cost me?
That answer varies — because each case is unique. Your situation and the facts surrounding your potential claim will be evaluated by our lawyers. You will discuss with them how to proceed and, at that time, they will determine the proper retainer, and discuss costs and fees.
What is a Qui Tam action?
Qui Tam is an abbreviation for a Latin phrase meaning, “[he] who sues in this matter for the king as [well as] for himself.” It’s the legal name for a certain type of whistleblower case where a person sues on the government’s behalf after discovering his or her employer has been cheating the federal government or misusing government funds.
When should I contact a lawyer?
Not all whistleblowing employees are protected, so it is best to seek advice of an attorney before you talk to a supervisor or government agency about:
- A violation of a law or regulation;
- A danger to public health or safety;
- An abuse of authority;
- Gross mismanagement; or
- A gross waste of funds.